200 years of Reaching for the Stars

27 June

Stornoway Astronomical Society presents a free talk by astrophysicist Matjaz Vidmar.

From Charles Piazzi Smyth to Scottish Spaceport: 200 Years of Reaching For The Stars will link the rich history of astronomy and space science in Scotland with exciting new developments including the proposal to build the first Scottish spaceport. As ideas evolved about the future of space exploration and an off-Earth economy, what are the opportunities for Scotland?

Matjaz Vidmar is a doctoral student in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh and at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh. He is an (Astro)Physicist by training, with further degrees in Social Science, and is involved in many international initiatives to develop the future of Space Exploration; he is chairman of Gateway Earth Development Group, proposing new modular space access architecture, and lead coordinator of British Interplanetary Society Scotland Branch. Find out more about his work and research at www.roe.ac.uk/~vidmar